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STREET ART: “Beautifying Baltimore one vacant at a time”

Above: Street art on a Baltimore vacant: Bodie Broadus from HBO’s “The Wire.”

If you see some Wire characters popping up in meta fashion on Baltimore vacants, good chance they’re the work of street artist “Nether.” The one above depicts the fictional Preston “Bodie” Broadus, initially a member of the Barksdale organization.

Here’s a link link to Nether’s Flickr page and below is a statement he sent when he offered The Brew some images.

“NETHER is an urban art campaign that hopes to impact and beautify BMORE’s bleakness through vibrant street art with the hopes of evoking public discussion. The pieces that are wheat-pasted to the chosen (usually vacant) surfaces directly comment on the city and the forces that have brought it to its shameful state.

Nether sees his work as a force that solidifies people’s connections to locations in the city that are distinctly Baltimore. He tries to reclaim and recycle the tragic landscape. This city is a place that is simultaneously loved and hated for bringing both contentment and fear, anger and joy; its vibe is a permeating force that becomes part of every mind experiencing its poetic chaos.

The intention is to relentlessly pursue capturing that beauty in the mundane, that excitement in the fear, and whatever force brings out the orange and purple as a heart- felt declaration of true Bmore pride.


– Nether

22nd and Barclay. (By Nether)

22nd and Barclay. (By Nether)

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